Want to visit a Chinese city whose beautiful canals rival those of Venice? Suzhou, China will mesmerize you with it's charming scenery and centuries old gardens.

Suzhou, China: Venice of the East

Suzhou is a Chinese city with an urban population of over 5 million, but as you walk along its ancient stone corridors or paddle down the peaceful canals, it can feel like you have the city to yourself. Suzhou is located in Jiangsu province, near Shanghai, on the Yangtze River. It has been an important city for China's silk trade since the 10th century, but the city itself dates back 2,500 years. The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Suzhou's main tourist attractions.

The canals of Suzhou date back to the Tang Dynasty when the mayor forced people to dig ditches that eventually developed into a waterway. The canals have been a popular tourist destination in China for centuries, the Empress Dowager being their most famous admirer. Although the canals will be the first thing that makes you fall for Suzhou, the gardens are its true masterpiece.

The Classical Gardens of Suzhou date from the 11-19th centuries and are revered as some of the best examples of miniature natural landscapes in China. Visitor's to The Classical Gardens of Suzhou can easily spend a day meandering through their 'secret' passageways, and ancient buildings while admiring the peaceful and serene setting. 

Suzhou is a city full of surprises at every turn, it is no wonder that the Chinese themselves are mesmerized by its beauty and history. 

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